That’s how much professionally “anti-GMO” groups spend each year to deceive the American public.
Because it benefits their pocketbooks.
The leading corporate contributors and the biggest donors behind the Prop. 37 campaign in California are organic food, natural product and alternative (read: quack) health product companies. These “fear profiteers” prosper from scare campaigns about food and how it’s produced. Their support enables activists to foment bogus health and safety fears about the agricultural products and production techniques used to grow conventionally produced (i.e., non-organic) foods, thereby helping to drive customers to higher-priced organic offerings. Boosting costs through labeling initiatives and other tactics allows the less efficient organic alternatives to become more cost-competitive. Misled, bamboozled consumers are the losers. (Forbes <– Must read article!!!)
|Protester at the recent
March Against Monsanto.
Anti-GMO advocates like to portray themselves as the “little guys” going against the “giant” biotech companies like Monsanto. They want you to think that they’re just trying to do the right thing by cleansing our food system and making it safer.
But that’s all a bunch of B.S. They want to make a buck.
The sad thing is, they’re willing to lie and deceive the American public to increase their customer base. If you scare people that conventional food is dangerous, risky, or poisonous, then they’ll come flocking to your products.
Dr. Oz spent countless minutes of airtime perpetuating the lies about GMOs. Turns out his wife is best buds with those in “alternative” health products business (and probably a financial backer). No wonder he’s willing to put out bogus information to scare people — it helps his family and friends make a buck.
Come on, let’s just say it: this is unethical.
Sure, Monsanto and other biotech companies are doing this to make a profit. Of course they are. They’re in business and that’s what makes the world go around. But they aren’t lying to your face about it. Instead, they’re performing research, investing millions in studies, and showing over and over again this stuff is safe.
There has never been a scientific study showing a detrimental effect on humans or the environment by genetically engineered plants.
Not a single one.
But as we’ve seen over and over again, truth, science, and ethics mean nothing to the anti-GMO crowd.
(I highly, highly recommend reading this entire article over at Forbes. Very informative!)
Christie Smith-Seibe says
I have often stated that one just needs to follow the money trail…And those anti-Gmo journalists are making money just for writing something whether they believe it or not. I live near a Monsanto and to date their are no humans or animals walking around with tumors, this company is so misunderstood because the average Joe doesn't understand the laws or regulations of the agricultural industry. Your recent article about the Subway Sandwich and the chemical "azodicarbonamide" and the "Love Food Babe" is just another person making profit on people's paranoid fear of not knowing the truth. As I see it ignorance is fear! I have stayed away from the debate because there is no common ground with the activist or their followers. It has become easier to talk with those who get it, Conventional or organic does not reflect higher quality it describes how food is produced….C:
Sarah [NurseLovesFar says
Whole Foods made a heck of a lot more money than Monsanto did last year. These activists all accusing bloggers like you and I for "working for the industry" aka "shills" yet they are the ones who are often paid to be activists. So many think there is no money in activism and they're just trying to 'make the world a better place', they are sadly mistaken.
Christie Smith-Seibe says
Organic or conventional does not reflect higher quality it describes how food is produced, and if Dr. Oz or Food Babe is our alternative to "natural" I will pass! I never cared for this man or as one friend described Food Babe the "Ralph Nader" of fast food who really cares about our children's health, and there are a list of many like him/her. The conventional farmer and bio-tech companies are accused of being greedy, yet the organic industry isn't? And for Monsanto to be call "unethical" than what should we call Greenpeace practices? And we all know what "golden/yellow rice can do for millions of children! The fear mongering that goes on is from organic producers and activists who are paying the journalists and doctors who found the "natural" route avenue, and their audience is the elite and greedy urbanites, or what I call "food snobs….Fear is ignorance…..But than my dad use to work for one of the bigger bio-tech companies, now called Dupont Pioneer Seed Company, and I'm a farmer my research isn't on facebook….when have these people ever picked up Wallace's Farmer Magazine?…Farm gal from Sunbury Iowa 😀
Corey A says
If GMOs are as safe as Monsanto claims, then why not just proudly label the products GMO and let the consumers make their own choices? Seems to me that if Monsanto is spending as much money as they are to keep the labels off, there must be a reason for them to be fearful of them. And if they weren’t spending so much money to stop common sense legislation requiring labeling (which is no different or more expensive than any other nutritional labeling), then there wouldn’t need to be any money spent at all on either side would there?
Monsanto is pretty proud of their product. And farmers are quite proud of growing GMOs too.
The problem is labeling has NOTHING to do with giving consumers a choice.
It has to do with this: https://www.thefarmersdaughterusa.com/2014/08/the-real-agenda-behind-gmo-labeling.html
Also, it is actually really expensive, it not darn near impossible: http://thefoodiefarmer.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-costs-of-gmo-labeling.html